Westwood Little League is committed to providing a safe, competitive environment promoting the enjoyment, appreciation and understanding of the game of baseball. Our primary focus is on instructing the fundamentals of the game - rules, mechanics, and basic strategy. We are 100% reliant on parent volunteers to ensure the accomplishment of these goals each season.
Baseball helps instill values of teamwork, sportsmanship, hard work and respect. WLL seeks to develop coaches who are knowledgeable, positive and encouraging teachers of the game. Through our partnership with the Positive Coaching Alliance and other means, WLL provides coaches with resources and strategies for keeping the game fun and competitive, with an emphasis on youth development prioritized over winning/losing.
We encourage community participation and are always seeking new energetic people to join us by giving of their time, talents, and energy to help us continuously improve the Little League experience. If you would like to get involved, please contact any of our board members. Contact information is available under the CONTACTS tab to the left. Thank you to all our current volunteers and all of our generous sponsors for the 2014 season. WLL is able to accomplish is mission only through the dedication and generosity of its volunteers and sponsors. Thank you as well to all families participating in the program!
WLL Opening Day is almost here! Best wishes to all WLL players for a great season!
The Winter and Early Spring weeks were busy with clinics: Winter Clinics at TJO's in Canton, Coaches Clinics at TJO, pitching clinics for older players at Winning Pitchers in Framingham, etc.
Thank you to all WLL players that participated in the various preseason clinic opportunities this year. Thanks as well to all the WLL volunteers who worked hard to organize all the activities. Special appreciation to the WHS Varsity Baseball Team and coaching staff for supporting the preseason clinics -- and best wishes to WHS for a terrific season. Click here to access the Varsity schedule -- stop by a game sometime and support the team that has so nicely supported the youth of WLL.
Westwood Little League and the Positive Coach Alliance
Westwood Little League Supports the Positive Coach Alliance
Positive Coaching Alliance is a national non-profit developing “Better Athletes, Better People” by working to provide all youth and high school athletes a positive, character-building youth sports experience.
Since its 1998 launch at Stanford University by Founder and CEO Jim Thompson, PCA has impacted more than 5 million youth athletes. PCA reaches youth and high school sport leaders, coaches, athletes, parents, and officials through partnerships with schools and youth sports organizations nationwide that comprise live workshops, online courses , books , and e-communications, providing free Tips and Tools.
At the center of PCA’s work are three models:
The Double-Goal Coach®, who strives to win while also pursuing the more-important goal of life lessons through sports;
The Second-Goal Parent®, who concentrates on life lessons, while letting coaches and athletes focus on competing; and
The Triple-Impact Competitor®, who strives to impact sport on three levels by improving oneself, teammates and the game as a whole.
PCA’s allies include a National Advisory Board of top athletes, coaches, academicians and business leaders; prominent national youth sports organizations; and corporations and foundations that support its work.
Westwood Little League provided two PCA led opportunities for parents and coaches in 2013. In 2014, PCA provided WLL’s board of directors a Leadership Seminar. All parents and coaches are encouraged to become familiar with PCA principles -- check out the PCA website!
Little League International is celebrating its 75th Anniversary this year! Here is some basic information about the formation of the league and its success throughout the years. Visit this site to learn more about how Little League has been developing major league people for the past 75 years!
How did Little League get started?
In 1938, Carl E. Stotz was playing backyard baseball with his nephews when he had the idea to give those boys the opportunity to play an organized game of baseball on a field that was sized for them, with equipment that was built for them and against their peers with actual rules. Mr. Stotz started working with the local community in Williamsport, Pa., and with parents and volunteers coming together, they formed three teams. On June 6, 1939, the first official Little League game was played in Williamsport, which is still the home of Little League today.
How has Little League grown?
Throughout Little League’s first 10 years, it was largely played locally, in the greater Williamsport, Pa. area. After World War II, Little League began growing, with its first World Series being played in 1947. The organization then expanded internationally, and in 1957, the first team from outside the United States, Monterrey, Mexico, won the Little League World Series. As baseball and softball developed, so has Little League. In 1974, the organization launched its softball division. In 1989, the Little League Challenger Division® was created to give children with physical and developmental challenges the opportunity to play baseball and softball. There are nine divisions of play that all culminate in their own World Series, played throughout the United States every summer. What started as a group of 30 children playing baseball in Williamsport 75 years ago has grown to 2.4 million boys and girls playing Little League Baseball and Softball in 83 countries.
What makes Little League special?
There is a reason that the organization has been so successful for so long. Its emphasis on community and volunteers make it a great social activity not only for the children playing, but also the adults and parents who are watching games, coaching teams and dedicating their time to enhancing the Little League experience. From a cost aspect, Little League strives to keep the fees associated with being an official Little League low. Little League International has devoted substantial resources to promote a safe and healthy environment in which to teach the core values of leadership, citizenship, sportsmanship and teamwork. Westwood Little League is a chartered member of Little League International.
Looking for an instructional book for baseball players ages 11 and up looking to add to their knowledge of the game? Changes in the Game explains the rule changes, field changes, and equipment changes, a player experiences while transitioning from Little League on to play on a regulation size baseball field past age 12. Written by Pete Henyan, a professional baseball player and coach, the book is specifically targeted for 11-14 year old ballplayers, parents and coaches. More information including ordering details can be found here.